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Principal / Ecology Team Lead

Company: Mott MacDonald
Location: Altrincham, Greater Manchester
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description

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Newts have the ability to regenerate limbs, tails, jaws, spinal cords, heart ventricles, and eyes!

Do you want be lead the team protecting future regenerations?

Mott MacDonald has been significantly enhancing its ecological consultancy capabilities and the ecology team now has a wealth of biodiversity skills and competencies. Our nationwide team of over 100+ experienced ecologists have excellent knowledge and practical experience in delivering projects which integrate the importance of the ecological impacts and mitigations.

Could you be the technical leader we are looking for?


We now have a vacancy to lead a team of ecologists undertaking a range of activities, including watching briefs, protected species surveys, mitigations works and reporting. We need candidates who are able to generate respect and authority based on their sound technical knowledge supported by considerable experience.

We have core skills in botany, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic macrophytes, amphibians, mammals and reptiles, with a strong track record of working in the water, power and highways industries. We offer a complete ecological assessment service to facilitate project delivery through meeting regulatory requirements, pushing forward best practice from project inception through to construction, operation and decommissioning both in the UK and overseas.

You would become a part of an employee-owned, independent company that values its people, and that provides opportunities for social and career development. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Be part of developing a dynamic ecology team
This opportunity primarily focuses on realising the potential of our people and thereby contributing to our wider environment team’s targets and growth opportunities in Altrincham and the North West. You will be adept at finding ways to add value for our customers, engage with technologies and maintain quality.
Most importantly you will be helping us to build a lasting and sustainable environmental business.

Be part of managing a dynamic ecology team
You will be predominantly office based however there will be a requirement to undertake site surveys and attend client meetings. As a key member of the Ecology Team you will be involved in monitoring resources, managing budgets, project management, assisting with risk management and attendance at client meetings. You will also be involved in the preparation of fee estimates, proposal writing and general business development activities.

Be part of growth
This role will suit an outgoing individual who wants to be part of growth within the business in this specialist area and help support delivery of ecological consultancy and mitigation works in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment. You will be part of a dynamic ecology practice who work collaboratively to deliver ecological support, working together to ensure the development of its members.

We will help you achieve your goals by continuous professional development, and regular career progression sessions.

Candidate Specification

Your experience should be a good mixture of the following:

Chartered and a Full Member of a relevant professional institution such as CIEEM

Experience in developing and training staff, undertaking mentoring and developing best practice approaches including adoption of the latest technologies

Strong interpersonal and communication skills including report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports

Technical experience producing and overseeing ecological assessment and reporting in a wide range of areas

Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs

Experience of obtaining a variety of protected species licences and liaising with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents

Experience in planning, assisting and delivering surveys to fulfil project requirements related to EIA, HRA etc.

Experience in preparation and writing ecological sections of environmental impact assessments ensuring that legislative guidelines are met


You'll need to have:

Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK

Knowledge of wildlife legislation, including planning process and EIA assessments

Degree in ecology/ biology or directly related subject

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